• Environmental Tracers Improve Water Quality and Remediation of Contaminated Sites

Environmental Laboratory

Environmental Tracers Improve Water Quality and Remediation of Contaminated Sites

Jun 17 2008

EnviroGene (UK) introduce innovative services for enabling informed decision about improving water quality and remediation of contaminated sites. EnviroGene harness the power of molecular techniques, originally invented for biomedical research, to assess and monitor sources of pollution. By applying molecular analysis to identify specific DNA sequences EnviroGene can identify originating species of faecal bacteria, trace catchments and groundwater flows andmonitor and enhance the process of natural attenuation to cost effectively remediate contaminated sites.
The Company has launched its DNA based environmental tracers. The tracers are encrypted DNA fragments bound in a proprietary bio-polymer system. This structure imparts many advantages being biodegradable, yielding a large number of unique tracers, useable for single or repeated tracing studies and yielding quantitative results.
EnviroGene offer proprietary, integrative samplers known as Bio-Trap®, for assessing the active microbial populations in contaminated sites. They provide lines of evidence to support the selection of in-situ bio-remediation and to support use of chemical amendments to encourage microbial populations suitable for degradation of specific pollutants.
EnviroGene will be offering a “free DNA test” to investigate polluted sites. Water samples will be tested for faecal bacteria and to discriminate between human, bovine or other animal sources. For contaminated groundwater the tests can provide conclusive proof that indigenous microorganisms capable of degrading pollutants are present.

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